Cowgirl Soccer Prepares For Mountain West Championship Tournament

Oct. 31, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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After tying an all-time season-high with 10 wins the Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Championship at UNM Soccer Complex with kickoff set for 12 p.m. MT. The Cowgirls will be looking for their first postseason win in school history.

"We are pleased with how we finished the season last weekend," Cowgirl soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We are excited to get to Albuquerque and play TCU. The team is playing well and we hope to continue playing well moving forward."

A Recap Of The 2011 Regular Season:

The Cowgirls concluded the regular season with 10 wins, tying the 2003 Cowgirls for the most single-season wins in school history. On their way to 10 wins the Cowgirls also recorded the best winning percentage in school history of 63 percent. Upon the completion of the conference season the Cowgirls ranked second in seven major statistical categories including points, goals, shots, goals per game, assists, goals allowed and goal-against average. Offensively UW ranked second in each of the following categories; in points (78), goals (27), goals per game (1.42), shots (273) and assists (24). In the defensive categories the Cowgirls ranked second in goals allowed with 18 and goal-against average allowing just 0.89 goals per game. As a team the Cowgirls outscored their opponents 27-18 and outshot their opponents 273-241. They outscored teams in both the first period (9-7) and second period (17-10) of games this season.

Individually three Cowgirls finished the season with double-digit points including Sara Paul, Kayla Davis and Liz O'Reilly. Paul led UW in scoring with 18 points, scoring seven goals and assisting on four others. She also took 60 shots on the season, which is the fourth most for a Cowgirl in a single season. Paul's seven goals also ties her for the sixth most in a single season. Davis was second in scoring with 13 points, scoring four goals and assisting on five others. With two goals against Air Force O'Reilly finished the season with 10 points, scoring three goals and assisting on four. Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle put herself in the UW record books for the second time in three seasons, recording a goal-against average (GAA) of 0.81, which is best in school history. She played in 17 games, allowing 13 goals and making 68 saves, while recording a save percentage of 0.84.

A Preview Of The First Round Of The MW Championship Tournament:

On Wednesday, the Cowgirls will take on TCU for the second time this season. Wyoming defeated TCU 3-1 on Oct. 16 in Fort Worth, Texas. In the regular season the Horned Frogs recorded a 7-10-1 overall record and a 1-5 record in the MW. Over their last seven games, TCU is 1-6, defeating only Air Force. The Frogs have been outscored by their opponents 30-21 and outshot 331-265. Jordan Calhoun leads TCU in scoring with 16 total points, scoring seven goals and assisting on two. Alicen Wright has played 16 games in goal for TCU allowing 29 goals, for a GAA of 1.82 and made 97 saves.